Broncos star Payne Haas has been granted personal leave from his team while his imprisoned mother continues to suffer from her car crash injuries.
His mother Uiatu ‘Joan’ Taufua, 46, was sent to the Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre last Wednesday after being hit with three charges of manslaughter for allegedly causing a fatal crash west of the on December 30, 2022.
Police allege Taufua was driving dangerously at a high speed when her black Mercedes wagon veered into the wrong lane near Bonogin, hitting a silver Mercedes with three people inside.
She was also charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, unlicensed driving and evading police.
Broncos player Payne Haas (pictured with his partner Leilani Mohenoa) is on personal leave until January 16 following a tragic car crash his mother allegedly caused
Police allege Uiatu ‘Joan’ Taufua (above) was driving dangerously and speeding when she allegedly crashed into a silver Mercedes, kıbrıs bahis siteleri killing three
Retired doctor Chris Fawcett, 79, his partner Susan Zimmer, 70, and her daughter Steffanie, 35, were all killed in the crash.
Taufua was sent to jail after she was well enough to leave hospital as police found her alleged involvement in the crash broke the conditions of her parole.
She had previously pleaded guilty to assaulting two security guards at the Star Casino in September and was sentenced to nine months in jail.
She was granted parole after serving a month behind bars.
Payne Haas was granted personal leave until January 16 to help his family recover from the tragedy.
Taufua’s high profile lawyer, Leigh Johnson, withdrew the application for the 46-year-old’s bail on Wednesday with the case set for a preliminary hearing on March 9, reports.
Taufua was jailed following the crash after police found her alleged involvement broke the condition of her parole from prior offences (pictured, Taufua being escorted into custody)
Taufua was allegedly driving at a high speed when her car collided with another in the opposite lane on December 30 (pictured, the aftermath of the crash)
Johnson told reporters outside the court Taufua is still recovering from injuries she sustained in the crash after she was pictured wearing a cast and compression socks.
‘We saw her yesterday.She’s doing as well as can be expected,’ she said.
‘She has still got injuries she is recovering from.’
Queensland Police said they’ve been able to ‘paint a picture’ of how the crash unfolded through CCTV and eyewitness accounts.
It will be alleged Taufua was driving dangerously at a high speed in the ‘preceding 10 minutes of the crash’ before she allegedly veered onto the wrong side of the road.
Officers had turned on their lights and sirens in the minutes before Taufua crashed but did not begin a pursuit due to public safety concerns.
Taufua’s high profile lawyer Leigh Johnson (above) withdrew her bail application on Wednesday and said the mother is still recovering from her injuries
Retired doctor Chris Fawcett, 79, his partner Susan Zimmer, kıbrıs bahis siteleri 70, and her daughter Steffanie, 35, were all killed in the crash (pictured, kıbrıs bahis siteleri a memorial left at the crash site)
‘Police are alleging (Taufua’s) vehicle was driven in an extremely dangerous manner on the wrong side of the road at high speed,’ Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Procter told reporters last week.
‘Police activated lights and kıbrıs bahis siteleri sirens and when she accelerated, police followed procedure and pulled over.’
Det Sen Sgt Procter said officers were advised Taufua’s car had been involved in a crash 1km further up the road one minute later.
‘We have seized a lot of CCTV and painted a picture of what happened,’ he said.
It is understood Taufua’s licence was suspended at the time of the incident.
Witnesses and anyone with dashcam or CCTV footage of the crash or moments leading up to it are being urged to come forward.
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